Be Prepared for Anything: Flash Floods Survival

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With the recent catastrophic flooding in Colorado safely behind us, it’s the perfect time to make sure your family is prepared for the next flooding or high water event. Floods are one of the most common natural disasters in the US, so it’s wise to prepare for them. This blog will help you get ready.

Let’s begin with a look at Colorado’s situation. In September 2013, intense and severe flooding in the Centennial State killed 8 people and left hundreds stranded. Thousands of acres of property were damaged. Some of the hardest hit areas were in Larimer country, but the town of Evans in Weld county was hard hit as well. There, mobile home parks were left partially submerged after trailers were swept off their foundations. Colorado’s floods were caused by runoff after a week of rain that started on September 8, 2013. After the heavy flooding, Vice President Joe Biden surveyed the devastation by helicopter with Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper. They saw the extent of flood damage, which span almost 2000 square miles.

The damages from Colorado’s floods were particularly severe. Hopefully, seeing Colorado’s horrific flood coverage will motivate homeowners elsewhere to prepare. The first thing to consider is an emergency kit. A good emergency kit contains the following items, as a bare minimum:

  • Food and water.
  • A flashlight with extra batteries. COAST Products are a great choice because they’re durable and come complete with a lifetime guarantee against defects in materials and workmanship.
  • A battery powered or hand crank radio.
  • Medical supplies: a first aid kit, medications, and sanitary supplies.
  • Personal hygiene items such as soap and shampoo.
  • A cell phone with a charger. A car charger is ideal, since you can never be sure that electricity will be available.
  • Extra cash, keys, and important personal documents such as social security cards.
  • Maps, if needed.
  • Pet supplies and baby supplies.
  • Basic tools, including a multi-tool and pocketknife.

Here are some additional tips about how to respond during a flood. Listen to the radio to receive reports and updates. Be ready to evacuate in a hurry. When the evacuation notice does come head for high ground as quickly as possible. Stay away from standing water that’s deeper than your ankles. If you come to a flooded road, turn around and go the other way. Get out of your car immediately if it is being carried away, or if you see water is rising rapidly. Leave the car and move to higher ground. Finally, keep children out of flood water, and be especially cautious at night.

Being prepared for any kind of an emergency is critical for the safety, security, and survival of your family. A reliable light source is one of the most important things have in your emergency supply kit. Light is important not only because it helps us accomplish basic tasks in the dark, but also because it gives us a sense of security. Experts agree that LED lights are best because they are energy efficient, lightweight, and dependable. Our innovative LED flashlights are designed for professionals who use their tools daily. These professionals know they can depend on Coast Products, and so can you when it comes to creating a survival kit for your emergency preparation.

 

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